(Update below) A Cornwall councillor has apologised but refused to resign after telling a disability charity that all disabled children “should be put down”.
Colin Brewer, independent councillor Wadebridge East, made the comments to Disability Cornwall at County Hall when the group had an information stand at an event to allow councillors to meet equalities organisations and understand some of the issues they face.
At the event, in October 2011, Mr Brewer approached the stand and was told how the group helps parents of children with special educational needs. He replied
“Disabled children cost the council too much money and should be put down.”
It has only come to light now, months before elections in Cornwall.
UPDATE: Brewer stepped down following the outcry over his comments two months ago. However, he was re-elected a month ago and has once again caused controversy. The Mirror reports:
He launched his latest rant in a chat with Disability News Service where he said farmers deal with deformed lambs by “smashing them against a wall”. He added:
“If they have a misshapen lamb, they get rid of it. Bang.”
Mr Brewer discussed his views with a farmer from his Wadebridge East ward in Cornwall. The councillor added: “He didn’t see a lot wrong with what I said, because it is something they do every day.
“We are just animals. He has a point, you can’t have lambs running around with five legs and two heads.”
When asked if he could seriously compare a disabled child to a deformed lamb, independent Mr Brewer said: “The cost has to be evaluated.
“It is not something I would like to do but there’s only so much in the bucket.”
Asked whether there was an argument for killing disabled children with high support needs to save cash, he replied: “Yes.”